Suggested Meditation on
the Joyful Mysteries
Commonly said on Monday and Thursday
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The First Joyful Mystery
In this mystery we contemplate the Virgin Mary being greeted by the Angel,
who announces that She is to conceive and give birth to Christ, our Redeemer.
Let us ask the Virgin of virgins, by the holy joy that filled Her Immaculate Heart,
to drive from our souls the discouragement and harmful sadness caused by the
difficulties of daily life in this our neopagan world.
OUR LADY’S FIRST PROMISE
Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation
of the Rosary shall receive signal graces.
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said: “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women”. And when she saw Him, she was troubled at His saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her: “Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest”… And Mary said: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word”. And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1, 26-38)
The Second Joyful Mystery
In this mystery we contemplate the Mother of the Creator
going to visit Her cousin Saint Elizabeth, whose son, John the Baptist,
trembled with joy in the womb upon hearing the voice of Mary.
Let us ask the Mother of Good Counsel that we too may tremble with joy and devotion
when the call of grace makes itself heard in the interior of our souls.
OUR LADY’S SECOND PROMISE
I promise my special protection and the greatest graces
to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judea. And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost and she spoke out with a loud voice, and said: “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb”. … And Mary said: “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name”. (Luke 1, 39-49)
The Third Joyful Mystery
In this mystery we contemplate our God born of the Virgin Mary
in Bethlehem and laid in a manger, because there was no room in the inn.
Let us ask Jesus, Mary and Joseph to give us the piety, serenity and fortitude that
emanate from the holy grotto of Bethlehem.
OUR LADY’S THIRD PROMISE
The Rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell;
it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresy.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger”. (Luke 2, 6-12)
The Fourth Joyful Mystery
The presentation in the temple
In this mystery we contemplate the Virgin Mary carrying Her Son to Jerusalem
to present Him to the Lord, in accordance with the Law of Moses. In the temple, She
meets Simeon, who takes the Christ Child in his arms and prophesies that He will
be a light to the gentiles, the glory of Israel and the rock of scandal for the
perdition of and the salvation of many (Luke 2).
Let us ask the Most Holy Virgin for a fearless soul, ablaze with love for
Holy Mother Church, so that we also may be a light to our brethren and, if need be,
a rock of scandal to our social circles.
OUR LADY’S FOURTH PROMISE
The Rosary will cause virtue and good works to flourish;
it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God;
it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the
world and its vanities and will lift them to desire eternal things.
Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means!
And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord; And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon Him. …When the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for Him after the custom of the law, Then took he Him up in His arms, and blessed God, and said: “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation… A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” And Joseph and His mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of Him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary His mother: “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2, 22-35)
The Fifth Joyful Mystery
The finding in the temple
In this mystery we contemplate how the Virgin Mary,
having lost Her Son, found Him in the Temple after three days of wearisome
searching, listening to the Doctors of the Law and asking them questions.
Let us ask Mary Most Holy, by the merits of the anguish She suffered
during Her searching, to grant us an ever-increasing fidelity to the Church,
amidst the multiple perplexities that a faithful Catholic must undergo in our days.
OUR LADY’S FIFTH PROMISE
The soul that recommends itself to me
by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.
Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and His mother knew not of it. But they, supposing Him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought Him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found Him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking Him And it came to pass, that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. And when they saw Him, they were amazed: and His mother said unto Him: “Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing”. And he said unto them: “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but His mother kept all these sayings in her heart. (Luke 2, 41-51)